On Many A Bloody Field
Four Years in the Iron BrigadeBook - 1996
Presents the history of a Civil War combat organization: Company B, the 19th Indiana volunteers. Follows the men from recruitment through mustering out, from camp to battle, portraying the psychological and emotional effects of war and describing the mens' political views, attitudes toward home and family, and feelings about facing death. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Indiana University Press
"... an excellent unit history of a renowned regiment... " -- The Civil War News
"... American history on a human scale... " -- Kirkus Reviews
"The author gives some of the best descriptions of the daily life of a Civil War soldier that can be found anywhere." -- Library Journal
"On Many a Bloody Field is a masterpiece of Civil War scholarship and painstaking historical research." -- The Bookwatch
"... meticulously researched, day-by-day history of Company B, 19th Indiana Infantry Regiment.... [T]he real essence of this book is its detailed attention to the common soldiers.... [A]s a representative of its genre, it probably is without many peers." -- Journal of Southern History
On Many a Bloody Field follows one of the Civil War's most famous combat organizations -- Company B, 19th Indiana Volunteers of the Iron Brigade, in a vivid account of ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Alan Gaff follows the men from recruitment through mustering out, from the tedium of camp to the excitement of battle. A close-up view of the experience of war, told from the soldiers' perspective, often in the words of the men themselves.